Seward On Nyri: 'never Surrender'

James L. Seward

February 11, 2008

"A mule on a racetrack is still a mule. And changing the route of the proposed NYRI power line doesn't change the fact that it will raise our upstate rates and mar our landscape.

"The towns and property owners coped with the frustration and agony of the Marcy-South power line, and the last thing they need is to be forced to wage another war against another power line that will take their property, change their landscape, and diminish their property values. The alternatives, and the original route, are not acceptable.

"NYRI was and is a bad deal for upstate. It is intended to take power from upstate and send it downstate, to a region that refuses to take responsibility for its own energy needs and is in fact trying to close down a nuclear power plant that generates electricity for the downstate area.

"I quote Winston Churchill during the dark days of World War II:

'We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.'

"The fight goes on."